Master of Arts in Theatre (MA)

Overview

The two-year M.A. program offers students the opportunity to pursue theatre studies through coursework and an M.A. thesis project.  Students are expected to give primary attention to an area of expertise of their choice while training in the broader theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field.  

Faculty research specialties include classical theatre and its modern adaptations, modern drama, the receptions of alternative theatre and cinema, theatre and health, disability theatre, dramaturgy, intercultural theatre and performance, Asian theatre, twentieth-century Chinese and Japanese theatre, as well as Canadian, American and modern British theatre.  Our students also engage with professors and students in our renowed directing, design and film graduate programs.

What makes the program unique?

Students in this program enjoy strong mentorship relationships with core faculty members and develop research expertise in an area of their choice while also training in the broader theoretical, critical, and historical contexts of the field. UBC offers a world-class research library, a dynamic multicultural theatre environment and a strong research-oriented university community.

Quick Facts

Degree
Master of Arts
Subject
Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities
Mode of delivery
On campus
Specialization
Theatre
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty
Faculty of Arts

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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

100
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

7.0
6.5
6.5
6.5
6.5

Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2020
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2020
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2020
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2020
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2021
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 15 January 2021
Transcript Deadline: 01 February 2021
Referee Deadline: 01 February 2021

Funding Sources

Applicants to UBC have access to a variety of funding options, including merit-based (i.e. based on your academic performance) and need-based (i.e. based on your financial situation) opportunities.

We encourage all applicants to review the awards listing to identify potential opportunities to fund your graduate education. The database lists merit-based scholarships and awards and allows for filtering by various criteria, such as domestic vs. international or degree level.

In addition to scholarships and awards, applicants may be eligible to apply for financial aid or other benefits in the form of loans, bursaries, tax credits, or similar.

Career Options

Graduates of the M.A. program have been successful in a range of pursuits following the completion of their degrees. Many have been accepted into doctoral programs at UBC and prestigious institutions elsewhere. Others have had found the program invaluable for enhancing their credentials and finding work as professional dramaturgs, actors, directors, college instructors, secondary school teachers and arts administrators.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$106.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,698.56$2,984.09
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$5,095.68$8,952.27
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$944.51 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,954.00 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

 20182017201620152014
Applications512979
Offers 2342
New registrations 123 
Total enrolment13641

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 100% based on 9 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 5 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.66 years and the maximum time is 4.66 years with an average of 2.46 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Disclaimer
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Firkins, Jacqueline (costume design)
  • Gardiner, Robert (Sceneography , stage design, lightning )
  • Heatley, Stephen (Theatre, acting, directing, new play development, comedy, commedia dell’arte, solo performance, play producing, Canadian theatre, Canadian plays, Literature, gender/sexuality)
  • Johnston, Kirsty (Dramatic literature and theatre history with particular interest in disability arts and intersections between health, disability and performance )
  • Liu, Siyuan (twentieth century Chinese theatre and Asian Canadian theatre)
  • Marshall, Hallie (Theatre, Ancient Greek Theatre, Classics, Reception Studies, History of the Book, Tony Harrison, Contemporary British Theatre, Poetry)
  • Mathijs, Ernest (film, alternative cinema, independent cinema, European cinema, horror film, David Cronenberg, film audiences, film festivals, censorship, fantasy film, Lord of the Rings, Film studies)
  • Murphy, Gayle (Voice for the Actor, Voice and speech)
  • Powers, Bradley (Production Technology)
  • Rizzotti, Patrick (theatre design, production design, augmented reality, narrative visual experience , design for new works, devised work, site specific experiences)
  • Scholte, Tom (Theatre, film, and television)

Further Program Information

 

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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2020

September 2021 Intake

Application Open Date
25 September 2020
Canadian Applicant Deadline
15 January 2021
International Applicant Deadline
15 January 2021
 

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